If you haven't heard by now -- and I'd be shocked if you haven't -- the Kansas City Chiefs are hosting former New York Jets RB Thomas Jones on a visit today. The Chiefs brass hasn't been shy about saying some help for Jamaal Charles is a priority this offseason.
This morning Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com laid out some numbers that indicate how much of a priority that is. All the Chiefs reserve running backs -- Kolby Smith, Tim Castille, Jackie Battle, Kestahn Moore and Javarris Williams -- combined for 42 carries in 2009.
If Jones fits the bill, he appears to be the big, strong, bruising back that the Chiefs have been looking for.
We talked about his visit all weekend. If you weren't glued to your computer screen this weekend, then make the jump and check out what we did all weekend as Jones was the biggest focus for the majority of the weekend.
Here are a few reasons I think Jones could be intriguing for the Chiefs:
- Durability: Over the last five years, he's had at least 290 carries and at least 1,100 yards.
- Still has it: He had a career high 1,402 rushing yards last season.
- Above the LJ-line: He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in six of the last seven year.
The report said the Chiefs are expressing interest.
Jones wasn't signed by Saturday morning and we hadn't heard anything more about the Chiefs interest so I wonder what's going on.
An hour later....
We've got the date nailed down.
810 WHB caught up with Charles on Saturday night and he said he would have no problem with the Chiefs bringing in Jones.
I look into why Jones is part of the 'right 53'.